Sant Ferran Castle

Visit the citadel of San Fernando, in Figueres, the largest military fortress in the region of Alt Emporda
Aerial view of the castle. Photography: MolinencVolador
The Castle of Sant Ferran is a huge military fortress built in the 18th century on a hill located in the outskirts of the town Figueres. Designed to house a minimum garrison of 6,000 men and 230 guns, the castle occupies an area of ​​32ha within an outer perimeter of 3125 meters the Sant Ferran Castle being considered in the same time the largest monument of in Catalonia and the largest fortress of the 18th century in Europe. The monument is listeed in the Register of Cultural Assets of National Interest, in the category Historic Artistic Monument.
The construction of the fortress arise from the necessity to protect the border region of Empordà against the invasions of the French troops. Have taken almost 13 years to build their great defensive works, from 1753 to 1766. The name of Castillo de San Fernando has been received in honor of the King of Spain Fernando VI. The castle has been involved in important political and military events in its history, such as the siege of more than three months held in 1811 or the celebration of the last session in Spain of the Republican Courts in 1939. After being used as a military barracks and prison, in 1997 it was open to public visits.
The Castle of Sant Ferran offers multiple options for visits. You can freely visit the inner area using an audio guide. There is also the option of visiting the outer enclosure and underground spaces aboard off-road vehicles or inflatable boats, with prior reservation.
Highlights
The interior defensive works, rectangular in shape, formed by 6 different sized bastions, connected by curtain walls.
The exterior defensive works, very well preserved: the moat, with a surface of 10 ha, 3 hornworks, 2 counterguards, 7 ravelins and 5 countermine galleries.
The interior of the fortified enclosure. It houses nine large buildings. In the center stands the parade square, with an area of 12,000 m2.
The cisterns. Under the parade square is located drinking water reservoir of the fortress, formed by four large cisterns with a capacity of 40 million liters.
The stables, an impressive nave where 450 horses could be accommodated. Today only half of the original building is preserved.
Contact
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Contact
Address: Pujada del Castell - Figueres (Girona) 17600
Tel.: +34 972 506 094
E-mail: dif@lesfortalesescatalanes.info
Web: www.castillosanfernando.org
Timetable
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Timetable
Autumn - winter season (November - March)
Every day: 10.30am - 3pm
Summer season (July 1 - September 15)
Every day: 10am - 8pm
Easter week
Tuesday to Sunday: 10am - 8pm
Rest of the year
Every day: 10.30am - 6pm
Closed: 1 and 6 January, 25 and 26 December.
Prices
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Prices
General admission: 3 €
Retirees: 2.50 €
How to get
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How to get
By train. Figueres railway station, 2.1 km away. Medium Distance and Long Distance trains.
By high speed train - AVE and TGV. Figueres-Vilafant station, 1.7 km away.
By bus. L3 Nord line of urban bus.
Figueres bus station, 2.2 km away. International and regional conexions.
By car. AP-7 Highway (E-15), exits 3 and 4. N-II y N-260 roads.
Location
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Location
GPS: 42°16'22.3"N 2°57'00.2"E / 42.272852, 2.950059
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